Saturday, 17 November 2012

Secret trials and non-disclosure of evidence

"Secret trials and non-disclosure of evidence are potential characteristics of repressive regimes and undemocratic societies."

• That's what the Law Society and the Bar Council think of part two of Ken Clarke's justice bill. 

• They write that the proposals "undermine the principle that public justice should be dispensed in public and will weaken fair trial guarantees and the principle of equality of arms." 

• Opponents fear the powers will enable ministers, rather than judges, to manipulate the way evidence is withheld or presented, depriving litigants of a fair trial.